Our Nutritionist Jennifer has whipped up a quick recipe for Pancake ( Shrove ) Tuesday.

Here we go…..

  • Mash 1 ripe banana
  • Add an egg
  • Add half teaspoon baking powder ( use gluten free of course ! )
  • Whisk with fork.
  • Add to pan with heated coconut oil
  • Serve with a drizzle of honey some fruit and coconut yoghurt.

Yum – nothing like a little treat now and then.

PS Healthy Too ….  Gluten free and Diary free (-:



“Ahhh… CHOCOLATE THE WORLD͛S FAVOURITE GUILTY INDULGENCE!” Enjoy reading our 12 Tips͛ of Christmas and throw your guilt away! Most of us have our favourite moments of chocolate, the crunch of a choc-top at the cinema, sipping a mug of hot chocolate on a cold winters night in front of a roaring fire, little stress […]


Our Principal, Susan Carr shares a few thoughts and tips on Allergies and Pets

Despite popular belief it’s not your puppy, bunny or kitten that you might be allergic to but it’s dander. What’s dander? Well basically its all the dead skin flakes that come off your beloved pet and these get everywhere! This dander is often covered in your pet’s saliva and urine too (ewww). You can experience an allergic reaction to any and all pets or maybe it’s just one in particular. Cat allergies are twice as common as dogs but there’s actually no such thing as a non-allergenic pet.

Why? Well people experiencing allergies have an over-sensitive immune system, their bodies over-react to usually harmless substances and attempt to save you by attacking them. The symptoms we experience are actually a side-effect of the body’s attempts to flush itself of the allergens.

Chances are if you are reading this blog, you or someone you know is experiencing some symptoms when pets are around.

Pet allergies 101

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But just in case you didn’t already know the symptoms of a pet allergy include:
– coughing,
– wheezing,
– red and itchy eyes,
– a runny, itchy and stuffy nose.
– sneezing
– for some people skin reactions like rashes and hives
– heightened asthma symptoms.

Hope is not lost, for those of you that were thinking about getting a family pet for Christmas this year you can organise a panel of tests here to see which (if any) pets might trigger this response in your body.

For those of you who already have pets, you are probably wondering if a positive test result means you’ll have to give up your beloved fur baby? Not necessarily.

Here are a few tips to reduce your exposure to dander:

– Keep a safe distance. So, don’t share your bed or couch with pets. In fact, keep them out of the bedroom completely – outside if you can.
– Keep things clean inside. Sweep. Mop. Vacuum. Floors AND furniture. Make sure your vacumm has a HEPA filter because if it doesn’t dander will just float up in the air only to land back where you just picked it up from.
– An indoor air filter might help. Especially in the bed-room / where you sleep.
– Keep your pets clean. Have someone who isn’t allergic to them brush pets down outside every few days. Give them a bath at least weekly.

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What does all this mean for you? Well basically there is nothing you can do to be completely dander and allergic reaction free but you can find out which (if any) are triggering your reaction with some simple testing AND you can reduce the severity of your reactions by following the steps above.

“Happiness Happens”

How’s your ‘happy’ going?

HAPPINESS – A short article by Kinesiologist Lisa Gray

With so much information available about practising mindfulness and finding happiness, sometimes it can be overwhelming – just to find the time to read it all, let alone make it happen – that can be a task in itself. We often feel we need to ‘work’ on ourselves, or we are a ‘work in progress’ or there are things we are ‘trying’ to do for ourselves. For as long as it seems like a task or work, we will continue to place it on a list of things to ‘do’!

Looking after our body and mind often ends up being pushed aside, or comes last when we want to do something good for ourselves, we often feel guilty for taking the time to care for ourselves in a mindful way.

Caring for our body, mind and soul comes easier when it is a normal part of everyday life – even if it’s just 15 minutes. Sitting with a cup of tea and just drinking the tea – nothing else – not watching TV, not scolling down Facebook or Instagram, not even reading your favourite book or magazine.

Breathing deeply into the stomach between sips, out slowly through your nose, closing your eyes and visualizing being in your favourite space (beach, forest, river, waterfall etc) and letting the sounds, smell, colour and feel of where you are infiltrate your whole body. Let every cell, feel the calm winding through your body with your blood, filling your heart with love and compassion for yourself with every breath.

Caution – don’t drop the cup of tea!

By deep breathing into the ‘belly’ for 5 seconds, then a long slow breath out the nose for 10 seconds – the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated. This is ‘rest and digest’ system as opposed to ‘fight and flight’ system. Do this 10 times which will take no longer than two and a half minutes! Who doesn’t have 150 seconds to spare for themselves in their day?
Find the happiness in creating these small spaces for yourself, learn to connect your heart with your mind.

Small simple actions such as this add up to create a more centred day and can really make a difference when done regularly. Of course there are hundreds of these small actions we can find – but don’t spend too much time reading about them – choose two or three that suit you and do at least one each day, then build up to two, then three and start to feel the difference. When you begin to relax more and life feels a little less chaotic, often those around you start to feel the same and the whole household can benefit from your small 15 minutes a day!

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Once these become habits for you (generally 21 days) you may feel ready to look more into how you can find further balance in your life and allow your life to become more about ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’.

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Look after your body and mind at Centro Innovative Health. Naturopathy, Kinesiology, Massage, Reiki, Bowen, Beauty and Psychology – all tailored to enhance your life – naturally.

Severe allergic reactions in surgery ‘Caused by Antibiotics’

The Royal College of Anesthetists says more patients are claiming to be allergic to penicillin, leading to other riskier antibiotics being used.

Out of nearly 300 life-threatening reactions, there were 10 deaths in one year in the NHS in the UK.

Anesthetists said some of the deaths could have been prevented.

Anaphylaxis in the operating theatre is a life-threatening reaction to a drug that happens without warning.

In extreme cases, it rapidly progresses to cardiac arrest or even death.

There are around 3 million anesthetics given to patients in NHS hospitals each year and the vast majority “are safe and uneventful”, the report says.

However, the risk of life-threatening reactions is around one in 10,000 operations.

It was previously thought that muscle relaxants were the main culprit, but this report has found nearly half of all anaphylaxis cases were caused by antibiotics administered to prevent surgical infections.

Teicoplanin was found to be the antibiotic with the highest risk of anaphylaxis and is regularly used for patients who say they are allergic to penicillin.

The report concludes that some of the antibiotic-related deaths could have been prevented if the true risk of allergy had been identified.

But waiting-lists for allergy clinics are, on average, more than three months, when they should be no more than six weeks.

The report says up to 90% of patients who say they have a penicillin allergy are in fact not allergic.

‘Prompt action’

They recommend that antibiotics should be given while the patient is still awake, so any adverse effects can be assessed, and patients’ allergy histories should be recorded more efficiently before operations.

The report also suggests that anesthetic teams should be better trained to enable them to treat anaphylaxis quickly.

Report author Prof Tim Cook said: “More than 95% of patients survive life-threatening anaphylaxis because of timely detection and prompt action by their anaesthetist and the wider medical team.

“However, our research highlights the importance of this topic and shows evidence of new and growing risk factors.

“We need to see improved reporting of these cases, better investigation after anaphylaxis and investment and expansion of peri-operative allergy clinics.”

Peanut allergy researchers say they may have found key to a cure

Melbourne-based study of children given nut protein with probiotic has transformed the lives of 80% of those who took part in clinical trial

The researchers focused on peanut allergy because it is usually lifelong and the most common cause of death from food anaphylaxis. Photograph: Alamy

Australian researchers have found a possible key to a cure for people with potentially fatal peanut allergies.

A Melbourne-based study has already transformed the lives of many of the children who took part in the clinical trial.

Researchers from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute gave about 30 allergic children a daily dose of peanut protein together with a probiotic in an increasing amount over an 18-month period.

The probiotic used in the study was Lactobacillus rhamnosus and the dose was equivalent to eating about 20kg of yoghurt each day. At the end of the trial 80% of the children could eat peanuts without any reaction.

“Many of the children and families believe it has changed their lives, they’re very happy, they feel relieved,” said the lead researcher, Mimi Tang. “These findings provide the first vital step towards developing a cure for peanut allergy and possibly other food allergies.”

Almost three in every 100 Australian children have a peanut allergy.

“We focused on peanut allergy because it is usually lifelong and it is the most common cause of death from food anaphylaxis,” Tang said.

Further research is now required to confirm whether patients can still tolerate peanuts in the years to come. “We will be conducting a follow-up study where we ask children to take peanut back out of their diet for eight weeks and test them if they’re tolerant after that.”

Tang warned against trying the treatment at home. “Some families might be thinking about trialling this at home and we would strongly advise against this. In our trial some children did experience allergic reactions, sometimes serious reactions.

“For the moment this treatment can only be taken under the supervision of doctors as part of a clinical trial.”